Am I a good blogger?

Hello, everyone!

I have been a blogger for a year and a month. That’s already quite some time! In that time, I realized there is so much more to blogging than simply writing and pushing publish. I’ve come to know so many amazing people. But it’s inevitable to come across some struggles and doubts, too.

The statistics

I know I shouldn’t worry about the statistics but sometimes I can’t help but look at the numbers as success points. (A very wrong thing to do!) It’s just when I see other bloggers get so many followers in a short amount of time, I start to doubt myself. Also very wrong!

So if you ever have those same dreadful thoughts, think about why you started blogging in the first place. Don’t obsess over traffic or other data. It’s nothing compared to the benefits of having a blog. And it says nothing about how amazing you are as a blogger.

Blogging slumps

What’s most important is to enjoy blogging. That speaks for itself, but it’s not always that easy.  When you are dealing with a blogging slump, it’s important to know that it’s all in your hands. It’s not abnormal to skip a day or take a week off.

If you don’t want to do that, I have some tips to get out of a blogging slump. If you’d like to know them, let me know in the comment!

Do I matter?

We’ve all had those appalling thoughts like ‘Do they even like what I write?’, ‘I feel like everything has already been said before.’ or ‘Is it really worth it?’.

Blogging is hard work, and those questions, unfortunately, come with the package. Just continue writing those post. Don’t give up. After a while, you’ll realize how much you wouldn’t want to miss all this.

If you ever want to talk to me about anything, you can alway send me a message. I would love to help out or simply talk.

I’m out of ideas

You can’t force inspiration to come. Luckily, the moment of being creatively numb is easy to overcome. When I don’t know what to write about I tend to do these things:

  • look up weekly/ monthly blogging meme’s
  • browse trough Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram
  • watch some booktube

Something I discovered as a blogger is that a notebook is a must! I write my thoughts about books in it (great for reviewing afterward). When you have an idea/ thought/ dream, you can write it in that notebook immediately. No more risk of forgetting it! And when you have a moment you are out of ideas, you open your journal, and all will be alright.

To end on a positive note, here are some reasons why I love blogging!

  • The people! Everyone is incredibly kind and supportive. You guys always have a way to make me feel better, whatever mood I’m in.
  • Seeing other bloggers grow. I love seeing other bloggers grow and be successful in life. It’s inspiring to see them being passionate and being rewarded for it at the same time.
  • Layout. I love love love to work on the design of my blog. Choosing the fonts, making the header, searching for gifs, etc.
  • It opens up a new world. When I started blogging, I never could’ve imagined how big the book community actually is. I discovered booktube, passionate fandoms, new books, and authors. Can you imagine what was going on in my mind at that moment? I was as happy as these adorable penguins!

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  • It’s a great writing exercise. I love writing and thanks to blogging I have a way to practice it in a fun way. I know my English isn’t perfect, but reading other people’s blog and blogging myself has really helped me.

Thank you so much for reading!liesje

 

My Dream Book Panels!

Hello everybody!

As a book-lover and aspiring writer, I often wish I could simply talk to authors (or even fictional characters). Some of these people are very talented or have such an interesting life, I would do almost anything to get a chance to meet them. 

Not so long ago, Eventbrite inspired me to write about my dream book panels. I thought this was a wonderful idea and started brainstorming right away. Finally, I’ve succeeded to gather my favorite authors (and other people) on panels of my favorite genres. If this would be real life, I would be super excited. Unfortunately, some of the authors have passed away. But right now, in this dream event, we are going to forget about real life.

The event is now open for visitors!


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Stephen King
Sasha Alsberg
J.K.Rowling

There are so many authors I would want to get writing advice from, but these three came up in my head almost immediately. Stephen King is known for writing very good fiction novels. He would give non-sugarcoated writing advice and I learn best from that kind of advice, even though it’s the hardest kind to accept.

Sasha Alsberg has been a big inspiration to me since I discovered her on booktube. I fell in love with books because of her enthusiasm. No, I became obsessed with books. Thanks a lot for that, Sasha! Now she has written her own book and that makes me so happy!

J.K.Rowling was my third and most obvious choice. Her books are insanely original and have become classics in no time. It would be insane not to include her on this panel.


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Dan Brown
Libba Bray
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I am obsessed with the way Dan Brown writes mystery novels. I am so impressed by the originality of his books.

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I haven’t read Libba Bray’s books yet, but I wanted to include her on this panel either way. I am very interested in the twenties and would love to write a story set in that time. Her novel The Diviners is set in that timespan. I would love to ask her how she researched certain things and such. I am trying to read The Diviners very soon!

And lastly, the master of mystery, sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery panel wouldn’t be complete without him. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes are timeless classics. He is one of my biggest idols.


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Jane Austen
Shakespeare
Morgan Matson

For this panel, I’ve traveled back in time. Jane Austen and Shakespeare are two of the most famous authors on this planet. I thought it appropriate to include them. They lived in such an interesting time and only for that I would want to speak with them. But of course, I want to ask them about their writing experience. How they came up with their ideas. How their families and friends reacted on their works, and so on. But I’d probably be way too scared and intimidated to even go up to them.

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I would also love to hear by what Morgan Matson was inspired to write her books. They have really made me happy when I was feeling down. I admire her for that a lot.


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Morgan Rhodes
J.R.R Tolkien
Maria V. Snyder

These three have written some of my favorite books. I really enjoyed the Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes so far.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s books I haven’t read, but I did see the movies of Lord of the Rings. I know, it isn’t right. But at that time, my English wasn’t yet good enough to read that type of book. I was amazed by how grand this story is. How he came up with the world, characters and everything else is simply unique.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Maria V. Snyders book and I would love to hear her talk about fantasy novels.


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Sherlock Holmes
Katniss Everdeen
Will Herondale

Okay, this choice was a hard one. Letting only three fictional characters come to life was the most difficult decision of my life. And it’s not even real. Sadly. I choose Sherlock Holmes because of his geniality. I always try to solve his cases with him, but I never have a clue to who actually committed the murder. He does, of course.

I choose Katniss Everdeen to be on this panel too because she is badass. I would love to hear her take on this society and be inspired by her strength. How cool would it be to be at her side?

And of course, the thirds person to be on this panel had to be a personal one. Will Herondale simply has to come so he can be my boyfriend. It’s that easy.


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This post was so much fun to make! I got totally swept away in my imagination. Would you want to go to this book event?

Thanks very much for reading! Talk to you soon! liesje

12 thoughts every book lover has had at least once

Hello, hello, fellow book lovers!

Books are awesome. No need for me to tell you that. They are that kind of sorcery that can make you feel either empowered or completely empty inside. Little assassins, that is what they are. As book lovers, we have a lot of mixed emotions. Here are twelve thoughts every book lover has had at least once in their life.

1. Which bag can perfectly fit a book (or two)?

I always want/need to bring books with me when I go out. What if my train is delayed or my friend is late? I can’t just sit there when I could spend that time reading?

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2. Plans canceled? Oh well… That’s PERFECT

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3. Work – studying – socialization. When do I get to read?

All this responsibility makes me want to hide in a corner and read a book.

4. When you spilled food or drinks on your book

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5. Your favorite character dies and no one is there to comfort you

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6. Recommending your favorite books to someone

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7. Book browsing through the shop

This is both a blessing and a struggle. If only I had all the money in the world…

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8. Which books do I bring on this trip? And how many?

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9. My tbr pile is so big! *orders five more books*

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10. When people have seen the movie but haven’t read the book

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11. Sleep or books?

There is no time for sleep.

12. When you’ve found the perfect book

There is nothing more beautiful than realizing you have discovered a jewel of a book. Relatable characters, gorgeous writing, a captivating world…

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Thank you so much for reading! liesje

My Summer Reading Plans 2016

I can’t believe it’s almost summer! The time is going so fast, we’re already halfway 2016! The only thing standing between me and my very much desired holiday are finals. They start this Monday and end Thursday the 23rd of June. So in those two weeks it will be a bit harder to read, but I’m still going to try. To get myself in the summer spirit nonetheless I’m going to sum up all the books I really want to read this summer. I’m going camping in France for three weeks with my family, so I’ll be getting a lot of reading done there. In August I’m going to work in an amusement park, but the trip back and forth on the train is quite long, so I’ll have a lot of time to read there too. If you’re ever in Belgium in August, go to Plopsaland and come find me! 🙂

Now let’s go on to the most exciting part, the books!


Heir of Fire & Queen of Shadows | Sarah J Maas

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I’m so excited to read these books! I liked the first and second book of the Throne of Glass series very much. But I actually don’t know why I haven’t read these two yet. I did start Heir of Fire, but for some reason I haven’t got to finish it. Good thing it’s almost summer!


A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas

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I’ll be having a little Sarah J Maas party this summer, apparently. Not that I mind, though! A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my favorite books and I’ve only heard good things about the second book. Although it does intimidate me a little, it’s a lot longer than the first one and things are probably going to go down, I’m really looking forward to experience it all!


Falling Kingdoms & Rebel Spring & Gathering Darkness | Morgan Rhodes

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I’ve been wanting to pick these books up in forever! I love the premise of the story and I really really can’t wait to join the fandom.  The covers are also hands down gorgeous!


The Raven Boys | Magie Stiefvater

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This is also a series that has a lot of hype around it, and I long to know what it is all about. It’s also a beautiful item in my book collection. Authors and publishers really know how to design a beautiful book cover. (At least some of them 😉 )


Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard

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I started reading this book not so long ago, but I do not really know why I didn’t continue reading it, but all I know is that I’m still excited to read it.


Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo

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This is one of the books I purchased in May and I am thrilled to start reading it! (I have the feeling I’m repeating myself today) I’ve heard great things not only about Six of Crows, but also her other series, The Grisha trilogy. I haven’t read those books also, but I certainly plan on picking them up sometime in the future. Who knows if I can find some free time this summer?


Since You’ve Been Gone | Morgan Matson

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I’ve had this book for almost a year now and I can’t believe that I haven’t read it yet! It had a lot of hype when it came out, but me – the one who is always behind on everything – still needs to read it. I’m putting it on my reading list for this summer and I’m looking forward to reading this book at the beach. Ah, why isn’t it summer already?


Outlander | Diana Gabaldon

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Phew, big intimidating one here. I watched the first two episodes of the show and I loved it! But I’m holding myself back to continue watching it, because I haven’t read the book yet. It’s humongous, with a total of 896 pages, but I have two months to give it a try!


What are you doing this summer? And if you have any more suggestions I’d really appreciate it! One can never have too many books, right?

Thank you so much for reading!Liesje

Bookish Pet Peeves

Reading a book is amazing. But there are some little things that can make your life harder as a book-reader. I don’t want to come of whiny or something, but these are some things that have bothered me for some time. Please let me know if you can relate to some things. Enjoy my rambling!

1. Mass market paperbacks. I find mass paperback books very hard to read. They are not floppy – something I really like – nor are they handy to read. The font is very small and I just end up breaking the spine…

2. Broken spine. Having your book damaged is one of the most painful things to go through as a reader. It’s just as annoying as having holes in your stockings, realizing your phone didn’t charge properly overnight or someone chewing with their mouth open. Life is hard, you know?

3. Books numbers not clearly marked. I have read so many spoilers when I picked up books in bookstores, just because I didn’t notice I took a second or third book in a series. And then I get frustrated, because that series really looks interesting, but I’ve been spoiled and can’t read the books, because I don’t have the curiosity I would’ve had when I didn’t know what is going to happen. What a wonderful situation.

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4. Cover changes. I suppose this is one of the most hated things in the book community. And rightfully so, of course. Someone please tell my what the logical explanation is why authors do this? Sometimes the cover can come out more beautifully, but most of the time it just makes your bookshelf look like a mess.

5. Speed reading. Guilty. I do this a lot. I don’t always find a lot of time to read. But when I do, I sometimes read like I’m in a hurry, whilst I’m not. I skip reading the descriptive part of the scene and just reading the dialogue. It’s really bad, and I don’t like that I do it that often. I promise you I’m working on it.

6. Someone reading over your shoulder. I can’t concentrate with the feeling someone is reading with me. I get it, you like to read, totally normal. But I just can’t focus on the story, because all I can think about is the sound of you breathing in my ear and maybe judging me for what I’m reading if you’re not a book reader. PS: I’m judging you if you aren’t. 🙂

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7. Predictable story lines. I hate it when you are like half way (or less) into a book and you already know what’s going to happen. You know that character is going to die, or that she’ll eventually is going to get the boy, etc. As a reader I want to be surprised, shocked and broken all at the same time when I’ve finished the book. If an author can do that, I love him/her so much for that!

8. The main character getting al the credit without actually doing anything. Sometimes the main character is a little too much in the spotlights. It can get a little annoying when all the other characters are just spontaneously loving that character and thinking she is hot, etc. I appreciate the characters more when they really work for it, and deserve their credit they’re getting. It makes me love the character and the book a lot more.

9. Fast romances, love triangles. This just gives me chills. Love at first sight in books doesn’t work for me. The romance is far more beautiful if the author makes the readers want the characters being together for a while. That desire is going to make for an epic romance. Love triangles just stresses me out. Usually I don’t even know which guy the character needs to be with. Yes that one is sweet, hot and caring, but the other one is just irresistible and dangerous. It’s going to give me grey hair.

10. Bad boys with a tragic past. This is a common trend I’ve seen in books way to often. It can be appealing, but sometimes I just want the villain to be simply evil. Make me hate the character, not feeling sorry for him.

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11. Wrongly dealing with emotions. Sometimes in books when a character is in a bad place, I am not able to connect with the person’s thoughts or feelings, just because they aren’t described realistically. It can be described too much and the character can be seen as whiny, or too little and then he can be seen as heartless. But it doesn’t come around that often, usually the authors do a pretty good job.

12. Characters being too insecure, not accepting compliments. Insecure teenage girls are a stereotype that comes around way too often in books. They don’t think they are worth it, they don’t feel beautiful, etc. This can be a good thing, when the character undergoes character development,  but there are times where the main character is acting like a brat. And I really don’t like that.

13. Characters who do not pee. This is jut a small remark. I think it would make the story so much more believable and realistic if the characters would go through the average life struggles. I have never read a book where the girls had their period also, but it is probably hard to add into the story, so I can understand why we don’t really read about this often. And needing to go to the toilet is a daily thing everyone needs to go trough. It doesn’t need to be written about in every chapter, but only once is already enough. It makes the story in general more naturalistic (even if it’s a high fantasy). Maybe this is a weird one, but I just had to study for a biology test and the thought just came up whilst I was reading. I’m sorry 🙂

14. Miscommunication leading to fights. Most of the times fights in books and movies are happening because people don’t talk to each other. They always think it’s better if the other one does not know, but they do end up knowing and screwing the whole plan up. And then I’m sitting here and thinking that if they just told him/her what was going on, all this drama could be avoided.

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Does anyone share these thoughts I have? I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading!Liesje

Top 10 Movie Soundtracks

I love movie soundtracks, they add so much emotion to the story so it can cause goosebumps on my skin. Here are some examples of soundtracks I really enjoyed.


1. Man on Fire1

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Cast: Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams
Song: The End – Lisa Gerard

Trailer: Man On Mire (2004)


2. The Hobbit | The Desolation of Smaughobbit-desolation-of-smaug-luke-evans-bard

Genre: High Fantasy
Cast: Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom
Music composed by: Howard Shore
Song: Beyond the Forest

Trailer: The Hobbit | The Desolation Of The Smaug


3. Pirates of The Caribbeanpirates-of-the-caribbean-1-the-curse-of-the-black-pearl.12323

Genre: Fantasy, Action
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom, Kei
ra Knightley
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt
Song: Theme Song

Trailer: Pirates of The Caribbean | The Curse of The Black Pearl


4. InceptionInception-movie-poster

Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Mystery
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Joseph Cordon Levitt, Marion Cotillard
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer
Song: Time

Trailer: Inception (2010)


5. AmélieAmelie_poster

Genre: Romance, Drama
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Matthieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon, Jamel Debbouze
Music composed by: Yann Tiersen
Song: La Valse D’Amelie

Trailer: Amélie (2001)


6. The GladiatorGladiator_ver1 (1)

Genre: Historical Drama, Action, Adventure
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris
Music composed by: Hans Zimmer
Song: Now We Are Free

Trailer: Gladiator (2014)


7. DivergentDivergent

Genre: Science Fiction
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
Music sung by: Ellie Goulding
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Trailer: Divergent (2014) 


8. Jurassic Parkjurassic-park-movie-poster-1992-1020141477

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Ariana Rihards
Music composed by: John Williams
Song: Welcome To Jurassic Park

Trailer: Jurassic Park (1993)


9. Transformers | The ScoreTransformers07

Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Cast: Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Peter Cullen, Rachael Taylor, Josh Duhamel
Music composed by: Steve Jablonsky
Song: Arrival to Earth

Trailer: Transfomers (2007)


10. Avatar4154691413_a695e033a8_o

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang
Music composed by: James Horner
Song: Becoming One Of The People

Trailer: Avatar (2009)


Heart of Courage | Two Steps From Hell

Music composed by: Two Steps from Hell
Song: Heart of Courage


Thank you for reading!

Have a great day Liesje

Series Review | Merlin

Genre:  Fantasy drama (Medieval drama)
Created by:  Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy
Original release:  20 September 2008 – 24 December 2012.
Original network: BBC One
Cast:  Colin Morgan (Merlin),  Bradley James (Arthur), Angel Coulby (Guinevere),  Katie McGrath (Morgana), Richard Wilson (Gaius), Anthony Head (Uther), Rupert Young (Sir Leon), John Hurt (voice of dragon)


When I was little I was a big fan of the film The Sword In The Stone, an old animation of the story of Arthur. But I never really knew the original tale until a year ago. In class we learned about medieval tales and Arthur was one of them. I got intrigued and it was then that I found the series Merlin.

The British television program Merlin is based on the worldwide legend Arthur. The story begins with Merlin arriving in Camelot. Camelot’s ruler, Uther Pendragon, is cruel on the subject magic. Anyone that is even suspicious of having anything to do with magic, will be executed. And Merlin, born with magic, soon realizes that living in Camelot will be more difficult than expected.  In Camelot Merlin seeks the famous court physician Gaius, to whom he will expose his now deadly secret in the first episode. Not long after, Merlin saves Arthur’s life and his father, Uther Pendragon, rewards Merlin with the position of being Arthur’s manservant.

This series has done an amazing job in creating friendships. The relationship between Merlin and Arthur is slowly built, but you get so attached to it without even realizing it. Their relationship was one of the factors that made me keep on watching the show. Then we have the bond between Gaius and Merlin. I love it that Merlin has his wisdom to rely on. In the beginning of the show Merlin was young and foolish at times, but with time and Gaius’ help, he grew into a wise wizard.

The other characters of the show were very lovable and it made the show very gripping. We have Morgana, the kings ward, that grew slowly turned evil. I thought it was great how we got to see Morgana’s road to evilness and made me hate her not as much as I should I think.

(spoiler) The show was light and had a happy vibe to it. And then we had the ending of the last season. From the start, you hesitate when Merlin will reveal his secret to Arthur. I never imagined that it would take until the very last episode of the show to finally see it happen. In the beginning the dragon told Merlin he and Arthur will rule a new kingdom together, which would never let you imagine that Arthur would die just before all evil was defeated at the start of there rule could finally begin. The ending left me heartbroken because they let me focus so much on the promising future of them ruling together, that I never had the thought of that heart wrenching end. But it only made me love the show more. But I’ll admit that I hoped for a following season where they would realize what they prepared us for for those five seasons, to see magic restored and Arthur reigning a glorious and peaceful kingdom.

I think this is the first show I was so passionate about and I would truly recommend this show to anyone who loves true friendships and some adventure all around.

Have a great day! Liesje